No one can sink Bismarck as NCT humbles Hernando, 342-389

2A-13 BOYS GOLF Sharks Bismarck, Dono finish 1-2 as NCT equals record set by CHS in 2006-07 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com It took 11 years for Nature Coast Technical to break through and record its first-ever district boys golf tournament championship in 2014, topping Hernando, 345-360. A year later, it took the Sharks 6½ hours to humble HHS by 47 strokes, 342-389, to walk away with a rare district repeat…

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Lady Sharks play follow the leader (Muscianese), returning to the top as district champions

2A-13 GIRLS GOLF NCT, Hernando teams advance to regionals along with a trio of linksters from WWHS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Three years of frustration concluded in celebration for the unbeaten Nature Coast Technical girls’ golf team Monday at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club. NCT sophomore Skylar Muscianese set the tone firing a 14-over-par 45-41—86 total to earn medalist honors in the 24-member Class 2A, District 13…

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Sharks behind Smith, Haygood pound Hornets, 58-14

FOOTBALL NCT tallies 44 unanswered points as Smith scores four touchdowns, Haygood adds career-high three BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Tied at 14-all in the second quarter of Friday’s homecoming game against Weeki Wachee, unbeaten Nature Coast Technical literally stepped on the gas pedal scoring 44 unanswered points to pound the Hornets, 58-14. The Sharks (6-0 overall, 3-0 5A-7) remained unbeaten in three career tilts against the US-19 crew amassing a…

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At home at Silverthorn CC, unbeaten Sharks (14-0-1) appear as shoo-ins for district repeat

BOYS GOLF NCT’s Bismarck, HHS’ Kimbrough, Vasquez and SHS’ Maharaj in medalist mix BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Last fall, Nature Coast Technical was attempting to literally cross the Sahara with one canteen. Metaphorically speaking, the Sharks were attempting to snap an 0-for-11 district title drought. In Year 12 during the Class 2A, District 13 Boys Golf Tournament at Hernando Oaks, Head Coach Tom Brown’s crew responded with an impressive 15-stroke…

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Heavily-favored, unbeaten Lady Sharks (8-0) poised to celebrate 2A-13 title

GIRLS GOLF NCT’s Muscianese, Dross, HHS’ Pickersgill, Moore, Fivay’s Dalton seek medalist honors BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com A funny thing happened en route to Hudson-Fivay’s fourth straight district title last fall, it didn’t happen. The Lady Falcons were upset at the hands of upstart Hernando at The Dunes Golf Club in Weeki Wachee, 413-414. A year later, Nature Coast Technical enters Monday’s Class 2A, District 13 Girls Golf Tournament akin…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS GOLF RECAPS (thru 10-11)

GIRLS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach – Teresa Johns-Gordon (1st Year: 0-7-1) DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT/TIME 09-08 Spingstead Oak Hills GC L NTS-300 09-10 Weeki Wachee Southern Hills Plantation L NTS-271 09-17 Hernando Southern Hills Plantation L 300-232 09-24 Nature Coast Technical Silverthorn CC L NTS-190 09-29 Weeki Wachee GlenLakes CC L 270-NTS 09-30 Nature Coast Technical Silverthorn CC L NTS-184 10-07 Hernando Brooksville…

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Led by Schmit, Lady Sharks fourth at Citrus Invitational

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY NCT senior Schmit places seventh followed by Springstead junior Somavilla in 17th BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the second year in a row for the females, the 16th Citrus Invitational belonged to 2A-8’s Tavares Bulldogs. In the 12-team field at the City of Inverness’ Whispering Pines Park, Tavares nearly doubled up runner-up The Villages, 44-73. 2015 Citrus County champion Citrus High placed third with 96 points followed…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 10-14)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Elizabeth McGeehan (1st Year) DATE RACE SITE RESULT/TIME 09–05 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High 13th/16 teams 09-12 19th Land O’ Lakes Invitational Crews Lake Park NTS 09-19 4th Shark Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 7th/9 teams 09-26 10th Mitchell Invitational New Port Richey-Starkey Park NTS 10-03 2nd Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Perserve 10th/16 teams 10-15 12th Hernando/Citrus Classic…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 10-14)

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Elizabeth McGeehan (1st Year) DATE RACE SITE RESULT/TIME 09-12 19th Land O’ Lakes Invitational Crews Lake Park NTS. 09-19 4th Shark Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-26 10th Mitchell Invitational New Port Richey-Starkey Park 32nd/32 teams 10-03 2nd Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Perserve NTS 10-15 12th Hernando/Citrus Classic Brooksville-McKethan Lake 4 p.m. 10-22 Class 2A, District…

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Thinclad records tumble as surging Eagles place third at Citrus Invite

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY For the first-time ever, Springstead solves Foley-less Hernando and NCT in the same 5K meet BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Though 3A-7 Lecanto (52 points) and 3A-5 Belleview (105) dominated Saturday’s boys’ team results in the 16th annual Citrus Invitational at the City of Inverness’ Whispering Pines Park, Hernando County had its fair share of outstanding efforts. Since F.W. Springstead posted back-to-back  Class 3A state runner-up finishes in…

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HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-15)

PREP FOOTBALL 10-09: WEEK 7 Spring Hill-Springstead – bye Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 58, Weeki Wachee 14 Ocala-Forest 38, Brooksville-Hernando 7 Inverness-Citrus 48, Brooksville-Central 33 10-02: WEEK 6 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical – bye Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake 38, Spring Hill-Springstead 20 Lecanto 39, Brooksville-Central 28 Weeki Wachee 34, Inverness-Citrus 7 Crystal River 21, Brooksville-Hernando 7 09-25: WEEK 5 Spring Hill-Springstead – bye Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 39, Crystal River 33 Weeki Wachee 28,…

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Led by nose guard Jest, Wildcats take best step forward, lick Leopards, 38-7

  FOOTBALL A game-high 3 turnovers by HHS defense, Bierwiler’s 76-yard TD pass go for naught BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Ocala-Forest bounced back from last week’s 35-21 setback at the hands of Gainesville by putting their best foot forward. Simply put, Wildcat senior nose guard Davon’te Jest was unblockable. The 6-foot-1, 270-pound Jest, who arrived with 22 solo tackles, including a team-best 29 tackles for a loss, was…

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Citrus Invite serves as final tune-up prior to “second season”

  CROSS COUNTRY Leopards seeking to snap 46-race drought though Foley is bothered by hip, may sit out BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Week 6’s local cross country tour stop will be Saturday in Citrus County during the 16th annual Citrus Cross Country Invitational hosted by Citrus High at City of Inverness’ Whispering Pines Park, 1700 Forest Dr., Inverness. The varsity girls’ race is set to begin at 8 a.m. followed…

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5A-7 supremacy at stake at Shark Tank: Weeki Wachee at NCT

FOOTBALL Forest Wildcats look to spoil Hernando’s festivities, while Bears look for first win in a month BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Week 7’s prep football slate offers a tussle for top slot in 5A-7 as Weeki Wachee (3-2 overall, 2-0 5A-7) visits Nature Coast Technical (5-0, 2-0 5A-7) at Shark Tank Stank. The Sharks are celebrating homecoming. Just down the road at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, Ocala-Forest (4-2) tangles with…

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Ex-Moton, Hernando standout Holmes comes full circle

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Surviving the depths of racial tension, integration, Alfred Holmes garners HHS HOF nod BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County resident Alfred Holmes remembers the tumultuous period in American history when Moton’s students integrated to Hernando High School. As an HHS freshman in 1967, Holmes witnessed how the country’s racial tensions and unrest penetrated as deep as Brooksville, Florida. Holmes’ resolve, however shaken by the events of…

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